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The Magpie River is a river located in the Côte-Nord region of Quebec.

The river is 200 km long and flows from the Labrador Plateau into the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River east of Sept-Îles, Quebec. Magpie is known for its breathtaking beauty, wild water, and surrounding greenery.  Nature-lovers and outdoor adventures love the river for its white-water rafting, canoeing and kayaking.


Magpie is a stunning river that is usually divided into two sections when discussed. Kayakers and rafters usually differentiate Magpie from West Magpie, the western arm of the river that is known for its fabulous white water. Not only that but, Magpie river is also one of the largest rivers in eastern Quebec. Its waters are tumultuous, and its landscapes are imposing which is why it is a major source of inspiration for many people who visit the area. Magpie has worked its way into the hearts of many adventure seekers and has gained international acclaim due to its outstanding white-water tourism.

The river offers a spectacular combination of a quality white-water rapids and amazing scenery. Most people traveling to this region do so in search of authentic wilderness experiences and recreational outdoor activity.  Magpie river is the perfect place to practice and sharpen your wilderness travel skills. The river offers opportunities to explore huge scenic gorges and waterfalls as well as practise their paddling skills on flat-water reaching the St Lawrence Gulf. Apart from that, the area is home to a fascinating virgin Boreal forest and out of this world white-water canyons. Plus, Magpie river is listed as one of National Geographic’s top multi-day rafting rivers.

Not only does Magpie river offer some of the best white-water rapids in the world it also offers culture.

The area still boasts a local indigenous culture, one that is filled with stories and history. Get close to the Magpie river and its people as you discuss culture with an Innu guide, or learn about the region’s animals, eco-systems, and edible plants.

Your base for most outdoor activities related to Magpie is Sept-Ile (aka seven islands archipelago), a small and warm city full of character, dynamic and surrounded by nature, with miles of beach. A former iron mining town, Jesuit mission, and pirate hub, this place will enchant you with its legends and history.




  • France surrendered Quebec to the British during The Battle of the Plains of Abraham in 1759.
  • Quebec City is the capital of the province of Quebec, not Montreal.
  • The Algonquin word “Kebec” translates to “where the river narrows.”
  • A magpie is a long-tailed crow of the Corvidae family, it has boldly marked plumage and a noisy call. The black and white Eurasian magpie is considered one of the most intelligent animals in the world and one of the only nonmammal species that is able to recognize itself in a mirror test.
  • The province of Quebec is Canada's greatest producer of maple syrup!
  • In 1995 Quebec almost separated from Canada when the referendum only failed by less than 1% of the vote.
  • Quebec’s forest covers more than 750,000 km2! This makes its forest just as big as Sweden and Norway combined! It represents 20% of the Canadian forests and 2% of the world’s forests.
  • Sept-îles is home to around 3,000 Native Americans living in the Uashat mak Mani-Utenam Indian Reserve located in the city.
  • Sept-île is the northernmost town of Quebec with a significant population (25,000 inhabitants).



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